Our Summer Sensation Menu Items

With Memorial day passing, it officially is time for white jeans, country concerts, and our favorite, cookouts! With every season comes a new menu for Aynie’s catering. The freshest ingredients depend on what time of year it is, that’s why every month there is a brand new menu.

This month we are featuring the best dishes for your hot summer months. We wanted to break this down for you by category and dive into why each of these dishes are our favorite summer sensations.

Whether you’re stuck inside for a corporate event, or your hosting a big outdoor graduation party, we will bring summer to you!

To start off our spectacular summer line up we have the most well known side kick, the side salad.

The Salad 

Our recommended salad for these hot upcoming summer months, is our strawberry fields salad. The mixed greens topped with ripe strawberries, toasted almonds, and feta cheese served with white balsamic vinaigrette is one of our most popular seasonal salads.

A fruit based salad is the perfect side to a summer meal. Refreshing greens and a light vinaigrette is the ultimate meal completer. A salad is great for filling you up while adding lots of antioxidants into your diet.

With the hot summer months approaching, it’s important to give yourself the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to stay active and refreshed during these long days.

If you don’t prefer a fruity salad, our newest June menu features a chopped caprese salad with basil vinaigrette. The mixed greens are topped with fresh mozzarella, ripe cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and rosemary chicken, drizzled with Aynie’s Basil Vinaigrette.

The Soup

aynies-cincinnati-cateringThe soup to the salad is the peanut butter to your jelly. These two side dishes go hand in hand, especially when it comes to lunch time. A lighter option compared to your entree is always a great idea for lunch. No one wants to be in a food coma at 1:00 p.m.

We recognize how hand and in hand these two side dishes are and that is why we created out soup and entree salad combo. A disposable crock of our homemade soup and your choice of entree salad and fresh baked bread is our highly recommended lunch combo. These combos serve up to 10-12 people making it the perfect luncheon order.

We are talking about summer sensations here, however, our soup and salad entree combo is never a bad idea. If you want to bring the beach to the office, we suggest choosing our Strawberry Fields Salad, we mentioned above as your salad entree of choice.

The Sandwich hawaiian-chicken

Now that we’ve covered our side dishes, let’s get to the meat of this blog post. Literally, the meat, like the our BBQ Pulled Pork and Hawaiian Chicken sandwiches.

These sandwiches are screaming summer sensation. When you think summer, you think barbeque. We serve our pulled pork topped with pineapple salsa on a warm hoagie roll.

Speaking of pineapple, we are all about it this season. The sweet taste adds the ultimate contrast to our savory bbq and chicken sandwiches. Our Hawaiian Chicken sandwich is grilled and marinated, served on a warm hoagie roll with sliced pineapples, fresh greens and red onion. Topped with our creamy sriracha sauce.

Hot Entree Feature

Newest to the menu, this June, is our margarita chicken. This chicken has been the ultimate show stopper on our June menu. Marinated grilled chicken breast served with the Strawberry Fields Salad, Cilantro Lime Rice and fresh baked bread has us drooling just thinking about it.

In addition to our Margarita Chicken, if you’re looking for a more wholesome entree, we have our delicious red pepper pesto pasta with grilled chicken for the pasta lovers. This pasta includes smokey red pepper pesto tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, baby spinach, grilled chicken and penne pasta.

To top it off, the pasta comes with a tossed garden salad and fresh baked bread. Grilled chicken can also be served on the side for a vegetarian option.

Dessert Menu 

There is a reason they save the best for last. Mini bundt cakes with lightly sweetened fresh berries is a delicious summer dessert. The summer sensations are all about sweet and savory this year.

Our year long dessert menu features Aynie’s home baked cookie combo, brownie tray, cookie and brownie combo, and assorted dessert tray.

Key Summer Ingredient Wrap Up

To summarize, we are all about the light and refreshing salads topped with fruit. During the hot humid summer months, we want refreshing fruit based salads. There’s nothing like getting your green fix in a healthy way!

Next, the show stopping savory chicken and BBQ meat options decorated with pineapple. BBQ and grilled chicken are sandwich goals when it comes to hot summer days and outdoor parties. If you can’t enjoy an outdoor party, we will bring the chicken, bbq, pineapple flavors to you.

Finally, is there a better combo out there than margita and chicken? Yum. We have two margarita chicken options this summer. Our grilled margarita chicken breast with rice or our margarita chicken wrap served with cilantro, jalapeno slaw and green leaf lettuce in a wrap.

5 Tips To Find The Right Catering Company

So you have a corporate event, graduation party, or some kind of gathering in Cincinnati with a ton of hungry mouths to feed? When that’s the case, you can’t disappoint your audience since food determines people’s experience more than anything else.

That’s why it’s your responsibility to find the highest quality catering company you can find. This isn’t the time to give your cousin’s startup a try. You need a catering business that’s been around for decades, has experience cooking up and serving delicious food, offers enough variety for everyone to find something they like, and most importantly is reliable.

Let’s begin here with that last word mentioned, reliable.

#1 The Reliability

lemon-orzo-pastaThis word is underrated in the catering business, but without it your event is doomed to fail. Most peoplewould assume the food is the most important part, and don’t get me wrong it definitely is important. But, if your food isn’t getting there on time in the right quantity in the right location, does it matter how delicious it is?

We strive to be the most reliable because we genuinely care about you and the success of your event. We don’t consider you customers, we consider you family, friends, and community. We love our local family owned business because we get to support our favorite Cincinnati community.

Choose Aynie’s Catering and you won’t have to worry about a thing for your next upcoming event!

#2 The Food

Many of you still may be shocked that the food is coming second on this list. This doesn’t mean our food isn’t a priority. We go above and beyond to serve the freshest, most delicious meals for our customers.

We want to offer you the best ingredients possible which is why we come up with a new menu every single month! Based on your feedback and our expertise we comprise the best catering menu options out there. We offer a large variety between appetizers and hors d’oeuvres, cold buffets and salads, hot entrees, boxed lunches and our all inclusive buffets.

We like to think that every single one of our plates is to die for, but we know there can be some picky eaters out there so we provide a large range of options for all types of people and events.

Choose Aynie’s Catering and the food will be an absolute crowd pleaser.

#3 The Service

Our service starts with communication and we believe being good listeners is what allows our service to be as strong as it is. We listen to every detail necessary for your event and with our wealth of experience, we know what you need even if you forget to mention it.

Not only are we good listeners, we are flexible, and this is crucial in the catering business. Things come up last minute and more people are now on the list, but you didn’t order enough food, or you forgot a dish, we will always do our best to take care of you. We know no matter how much time you’ve spent planning this event, there will need to be changes and we’re ready to adapt.

Like I previously mentioned about reliability, not only will we be on time for our delivery, but we will get all of the food beautifully set up to really wow your attendees. Not only will it look good, you will have everything you need including plates, napkins, cups, and utensils at your disposal.

Choose Aynie’s Catering and let our service speak for itself!

#4 The Reputation

With over 17 years of experience serving the greater Cincinnati area, you can count on us to be there with the right order, in the right spot, at the right time, serving the best food! We have catered thousands of events over the years and believe we have perfected our event game plan  at this point. kabob

We’ve had a lot of time and experience to figure out what works best and what you guys enjoy and appreciate. Like I previously mentioned, we are good listeners and we’ve been listening for a very long time. We know what you want and we enjoy making it happen. This isn’t just our business and a means to an end. This is our passion and joy making your events successful.

Reviews don’t lie and we are happy to share with you that we have a 4.8 star google rating. That means we have done a lot of things right over the past 17 years and have catered thousands of successful events!

Choose Aynie’s Catering and you’ll understand why we’ve been in business for 17+ years.

#5 The Easability

The reason catering services exist is to make your life a whole lot easier. So we’re not here to making it impossible and stressful for you to order from us. We’ve updated our website so that you can see pictures of exactly what you will be ordering and make it as simple as the click of a button. It just like online shopping, but for food!

We give you the option to order online, fax us at (513) 272-1494, call us at (513) 272-1490, or email us at [email protected] so that you can choose what is most convenient for you.

Choose Aynie’s Catering and we will make your next event easy!

The Secret to Successful Corporate Events: The Breakfast Menu

CEO’s, President’s, Office Managers, Administrative Assistants, listen up! Not only do we offer the most fresh and delicious food in Cincinnati, we also come with corporate event secrets. Have you ever noticed how groggy, irritated, and unfocused your employees may be before a morning corporate event? (Not your employees, I’m sure!)  In the 21st century, it is called being “hangry”.

Hangry (han-gree) adj. : feeling irritable or irrationally angry as a result of being hungry.

Our secret sauce is not a sauce this time. It’s our breakfast menu.

With our breakfast menu, your corporate event is bound to be a success. Our breakfast deliveries start at 7:15am and must be placed by 2:30pm the day before.

“But wait, coffee first!”

With this quote on every t-shirt and coffee mug out there, don’t expect to get away hosting a corporate meeting or conference without coffee. Our breakfast buffet’s always include coffee and juice/bottled water. However, our coffee service serves 10-12 people and includes a disposable coffee server, cups, and all the condiments. Regular or decaf available.

Your employees slowly and surely are starting to wake up a bit after having a cup of coffee, but pay close attention to your employees attitudes and energy levels change once they see the breakfast burrito bar.  

Yes, we did say Breakfast Burrito Bar!

Our breakfast burrito bar allows your employees to customize their own burrito with our warm tortillas, scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar, chopped bacon, diced peppers, as well as fresh salsa, sour cream and a side of fresh fruit salad. Not only do your employees get to enjoy a breakfast of champions type of meal, little do they know, this meal also allows them to get their creative juices flowing. (And I am not talking about the bacon grease!)

If you don’t trust your employees to devour a full breakfast burrito bar, we do have other options! Our muffins, bagels, and pastries, with a side of fresh fruit will fuel your employees to be the best version of themselves.

Breakfast in a box

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If your office happens to be on the go that morning, we suggest our breakfast in a box! Our two breakfast box options include: the breakfast sandwich box and the quiche box. 

The breakfast sandwich boxes include an assortment of egg with goetta and cheddar egg, chicken sausage & cheese, peppercorn bacon, egg and waffles with a fruit cup on the side. 

The freshly baked individual quiche is also accompanied with a fruit cup on the side. The quiche options include spinach feta, bacon cheddar and three cheese.

Our Final Secret

One last warning, be careful when choosing Aynie’s catering service, your employees may be expecting breakfast every morning. Which is fine with us!

Treat your hardworking employees to a well deserved Aynie’s breakfast by ordering online or calling us at 513-272-1490.

What Is Scratch Cooking?

What is scratch cooking? Almost everything we (Americans) make today comes in a bag, box or package.  Think you have a “clean” kitchen? Did you bake the bread or make the pasta you used today? Did you have cereal out of a box or turkey from the deli? It seems unrealistic to have a truly scratch kitchen, yet this is the way it was for most of human history.  The ability to quickly throw together a pot of spaghetti with a jar of sauce and a box of frozen garlic bread is the way we know. For many people this is as scratch as it gets.

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As a busy mom with 3 boys, 3 dogs, a catering business and a husband, I get it.  Who has time to roll out pasta or bake bread from scratch? Time is a luxury today and most people do not have the passion to spend free time milling wheat and kneading dough. This doesn’t mean we can’t find the happy medium.

When you order from Aynie’s Corporate Catering you are getting scratch recipes. For us this means we are chopping, slicing and dicing every day. We do not make our pastas or breads in house but we make sure we buy the highest quality we can find in Cincinnati and add the freshest, best produce available. No shortcuts. Our meats are the best quality we can buy. I can’t tell you how many turkeys, hams and roast beefs we have sampled and worked with over the years. Chicken…who knew chicken quality could be so volatile? We order our chicken every week and it is processed right before it comes to us. Cookies baked from scratch every day. Butter is expensive. It makes all the difference in a great cookie, so we bake with butter.

We are passionate about the quality and freshness of our product. As every caterer and restaurant knows, food cost is key. We also know that without the respect and repeat business of our customers we have nothing. I would rather have a slightly higher food cost and a happy, repeat customer than a reputation of processed, bland food. We figured out early on that the scratch food is the difference. Ever struggle to order at the chain restaurants? That’s because it all tastes the same. That’s because it’s over processed junk. Find the independent restaurants when you dine out and you will usually find the best, most innovative food.

It’s hard to separate work and family at my house. When I menu plan for the week for my family I scour my recipes for the best scratch recipes and then simplify so they work with our crazy schedule. Think you don’t have time for scratch? Try this homemade marinara at homeI use San Marzano Tomatoes and they are excellent. Use fresh pasta and this garlic bread. Kick it up another notch and make this Italian dressing for your salad. Great, healthy food does not have to be complicated.  It always has better flavor and is less processed.

Who Is The Team Behind Aynie’s Catering?

Aynie’s Corporate Catering started as a small deli in Covington on Scott Street.  From our humble beginnings 21 years ago, we have evolved out of the retail sector to focus on Corporate Catering.  Everyday we offered new specials and many of them were so popular they became staples of our menu…ie. the Dijon Chicken Salad and Buffalo Chicken Wrap with Bleu Cheese Slaw. There was and is a lot of trial and error.

So who are we?  My name is Ayn (pronounced Ann) and Bill is my dad.  We are the original crew from Scott Street. We collaborated, cooked and kept trying till we started to get it right. We made a lot of mistakes and we worked and continue to work through them. Meghan is my youngest sister and also manages the catering operations in our Montgomery Road location.  She is really the “Aynie’s Badass” and the one who makes sure the orders are ready to leave on time each and every day. If you are a regular customer you have likely talked with both Meg and I. If you have been ordering from us for a while it’s possible you have seen us on deliveries. Recently, Melanie, my mom, retired as a teacher and helps out at the store as needed and takes orders, invoices and answers questions. We are truly a small family owned and operated business.  

Tommy is in charge of deliveries and organizing orders as they are prepared. Tommy managed one of our retail locations in Covington and moved to our catering location in Madeira several years ago. He is indispensable to our business. I don’t believe there is anyone who knows how to get around the Greater Cincinnati area as quickly and efficiently as Tommy. Tommy is known to all our customers and is an integral part of Team Aynie’s.

Sonja started with Aynie’s Catering 12 years ago part time. Sonja is part of our family and the most hardworking, dependable person I know. She pours her heart into her work and it shows. Sonja is the definition of tough love and without question, unfailingly loyal to her friends and Aynie’s. Ever try our House Made Soups? Parmesan Crusted Chicken? Spring Pasta Primavera? All the hot entrees and soups are coming straight out of Sonja’s kitchen.

Sallie started with Aynie’s as a manager at our Baldwin location 14 years ago. Sallie currently handles all the salads and breakfast orders. This is not a small task. We jokingly laugh that Sallie’s cooking abilities were nill when she started. Our first clue was when she asked how much water to add to the Rice Krispy Treats. Now Sallie is preparing scratch made dressings, quiche and salads on a daily basis. She is always a good sport and takes a lot of ribbing. We love her funny ways and she is part of what makes us Team Aynie’s.  

There are others working everyday who our customers may know by voice or from deliveries…Jodi, Martha, Chris, Josh and John.  We have recently brought on a couple more employees that are as much a part of who we are and why we are successful, Laurie and Vickie.

When you order from Aynie’s Corporate Catering your food is being made by a small business made up of people who care about the end product.  We work hard to make sure your order is right and we love feedback, good or bad…it’s how we get better.

Team Aynie’s

Why Our All Inclusive Buffets Are To Die For

Soup, Mini Sandwich and Salad Buffet

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This buffet comes with mini sandwiches served with our Pub Salad and your choice of Cheesy Broccoli, Vegetable, or Chicken Noodle soup. You also get our tray of assorted homemade cookies freshly made for your event.

Our seasonal Pub Salad included in this buffet is made up of delicious mixed greens with sliced Rosemary Chicken, crispy bacon, fresh avocado and tomatoes, and hard-boiled eggs. We serve our homemade ranch dressing on the side.

If you’re looking for food that covers the basics, this is perfect for any event. It features so many homemade items that you can’t go wrong with this buffet of homemade soup, cookies, sandwiches, and salads.

Spring Wrap Buffet

Even though it might still be snowing in Cincinnati, with our colorful, fresh food it’s spring at Aynie’s! Try our Spring Wrap Buffet with an assortment of wraps, the Pub and Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, and the dessert tray.

Our wraps include the Veggie, Italian, Buffalo Chicken, and Greek. The veggie is made with fresh cucumber, tomato, lettuce, sprouts, banana peppers, green pepper, carrots, and red cabbage. All of these fresh veggies are then wrapped with cheddar cheese and hummus.

The Italian wrap includes three meats—ham, salami, and capicola—with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, and Italian dressing. The Greek wrap has herb roasted chicken with a mix of Kalamata olives, feta, herbs and spices, green leaf lettuce, and a vinaigrette.

If you are looking for more of a kick, our Buffalo Chicken Wrap features spicy chicken, with a bleu cheese slaw and a green leaf lettuce.

The side salad options for this buffet are both seasonal. Like the Pub salad described above, the Mediterranean Chickpea Salad has a mixed greens base, however, is topped with chickpeas, peppers, fresh parsley, red onion, and celery. The salad is also tossed with a fresh lemon vinaigrette.

What’s an event without some treats? The assorted dessert tray has it all—seasonal cupcakes, cookies, dessert bars, and brownies. It’s no coincidence that this is our most popular dessert tray. It includes something for everyone’s tastes.

With this much variety in wraps, salads, and desserts, this buffet is great when serving a big group — whether it’s at the office or at home! Even the pickiest of eaters will find something they love.

Warm April Sandwich Buffet

The final buffet includes Aynie’s April sandwiches, which are served warm, as well as the seasonal side Grilled Veggie and Hummus Platter. This buffet also comes with the Pub Salad and the assorted homemade cookie tray.

This month’s sandwiches are the Meatball Sub, BBQ Pulled Pork, Hawaiian Chicken, and Tuna Melt. At Aynie’s, freshly made food with the best possible ingredients is a priority and you can see it in the way we craft our unique sandwiches in this Warm April Sandwich Buffet.

The Sub features house made meatballs, provolone, roasted tomatoes, pesto sauce, mixed greens, and red onion on a warm hoagie. The BBQ Pulled Pork is also served on a hoagie, with pulled pork, smoky BBQ sauce, and pineapple salsa. The Hawaiian Chicken features pineapple as well. It comes on a hoagie with marinated grilled chicken, sliced pineapple, fresh greens, sliced red onion, and is topped with Sriracha sauce. Unlike the other three, the tuna melt is served on an everything bagel. It includes Albacore Tuna Salad, Colby jack cheese, and a sliced tomato.

Tired of just a salad as a side? This buffet offers a side that goes beyond the average. It comes with fresh, marinated grilled veggies, hummus, and pita chips.

The Warm April Sandwich Buffet is perfect if you are looking to try something new. It features several seasonal items, so get them will you can!

When choosing a buffet for your next event, you can’t go wrong with any of April’s All Inclusive Buffets. Order Aynie’s today!

We Put the Service in Catering Service

In planning corporate events, going away parties, and conferences, it’s easy to get sidetracked with tasks like organizing and setting up the venue, while hiring the right caterer becomes an afterthought.

We believe that’s a major oversight. Because, ultimately, the food often makes or breaks the guests experience. But it’s not only about the quality of the food—it’s also about the quality of the service.

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For example, when you are around your coworkers, bosses, or potential clients, you want to create  positive first impressions where everyone feels they have been treated well and that the event runs smoothly. And what good is a delicious meal if it’s frozen cold, or the caterer doesn’t make enough of it, or God forbid doesn’t show up, and ruins the event.

So it is the job of any corporate caterer to deliver excellent service in the form of hot, on time, and matching the order quantities.

What Quality Service Looks Like

Quality catering service is often missed because when paired with your hard work, putting together the event seems effortless. This is all in thanks to great communication. If you spent hours on end planning an important event, it is crucial that everything goes smooth.

We know you put in a lot of work in to making your event a memorable one, so we have to do our part to make sure the food and service is perfectly coordinated—chaos and confusion are never on the menu here at Aynie’s.  

That being said, good communication ensures adaptability. No matter how carefully something is planned, there is always the possibility that a mishap could occur. In our years of experience, we have learned how to handle situations and remain on our toes so that everything is handled quickly in a professional manner. If there is a problem, like an extra 25 people are coming and you need extra desserts, we will do our best to adapt and find a solution in time!

The most important communication of all is the between you  and us. To make sure we have everything you need, we will listen and answer all of your questions as soon as possible because, when it comes to events, time is of the essence.

Having been working with customers since 1996, we know that flexibility is important. Open and honest communication ensures that even if something is short notice, we can follow through successfully on our part. Just ask customers Suzette and Tiffani, who both thanked us for “taking such good care of [them] on short notice!”

Another key aspect of excellent catering is nailing the delivery and set up. Not only do we serve our food freshly made food, but we do it on time, as all professionals should. Jan, a customer, says the “staff did a great job of setting everything up.” Presentation is a key part of the event running as planned.

It is also important to note that great communication comes from simply caring about customers, which is driven by our passion for the work we are doing. We know that whatever your event may be, it’s important to you—and it’s just as important to us.

Caterers have to be dedicated and passionate about the work they do because the core of their job is serving people in their community. That’s why we strive for excellent service.

Why Excellent Service Goes a Long Way

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As a local business, our customers are that much more of a priority to us because they are our family, friends, and community. We know that event planning can be stressful and excellent service helps to relieve the pressure of planning by making sure everything moves smoothly. Our job is to make you look good, as it has been for the past 21+ years.

Excellent service goes a long way because it keeps people coming back to your events. When throwing a party or work event, if the food is good and the service is great, everyone has a fantastic time, whether it’s a mandatory or volunteer gathering. This means they are most likely to continue to go to events because they trust that it will be just as fun, if not even better, than the one before.

Great service, therefore, ensures that your event was a success! In many ways, excellent service is about a company being loyal to their employees or friends, not the other way around.

How Aynie’s Delivers Quality Service

People are much more likely to share a bad experience than a good one. As mentioned early, we are a family run business and to disappoint just one customer is to disappoint many within our Greater Cincinnati Area. For this reason, we are constantly striving to cater to our customers’ needs the best we can.

One of the things we do to meet our customers’ needs is keep our website super accessible. Our website includes updated menus, our contact info, tips on events and updates on upcoming menu specials in our blogs, and reviews in the “About us” tab.

To get in touch with us, you can call us, fax, email, or just fill out the contact form on our website. At the bottom of the Contact Us page, there is a contact form where you can directly send us a message with your information and preferred method of communication. Here, you can ask for a quote, billing assistance, or anything else you’d like to share with us.

Whatever method is easiest for you to get in touch with us, we’ve got it covered. At Aynie’s, we love receiving feedback from you. Hearing from customers is absolutely essential because it helps us to help you!

A great example of how we focus on the customers’ needs is a situation described by Jan, a client. She described how the room the event was catered in was very small and how much her and the people she hosted “appreciate [our] patience” while setting everything up and the “extra efforts” made for her drinks served with the food.  

In her words, “Those little things go a long way.” We are here for anything that helps your event run smoothly. After all, you planned the event—let us worry about the rest!

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Planning an event is stressful enough, but becomes a major pain point when the food or service is not up to par. So why settle for anything less than fantastic? As our customer, you and your goals are our priority. Let us serve to you today to show you what that looks like!

What Makes An Awesome St. Patrick’s Day Party?

Around the world on March 17, people Irish and non-Irish alike get together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with friends, food, and all things green.

This one of a kind celebration is a time to relax and have fun with the people around you. So why not have a party with the office?

Celebrating the holiday allows you, your coworkers, and staff to strengthen your team without the stress of everyday hustle and bustle that comes with the corporate work culture.

Here are our four essentials for a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day:

1. A Spacious Venue

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Break out of the traditional office space by finding a spacious venue, inside or outside your building, that can accommodate the amount of people attending as well as the activities you have planned for the event. Whether you plan to have an Irish Jig Dance Competition, compete in a trivia game, or play a different activity, it’s always best to opt for a venue that’s a tiny bit bigger than you need. This is so everyone feels comfortable and can enjoy their time without feeling overwhelmed, especially if there is a large amount of people.

Without stress and pressure weighing on your shoulders, you can better get to know your coworkers and staff in a relaxed environment while still building upon a team spirit that will translate into a high-functioning work environment in the future. Sharing food and a good time with those you work with on a daily basis is crucial to creating trust and respect for one another.

2. Irish Themed Decorations

In March, you go green or go home! It wouldn’t be a St. Patrick’s Day celebration without shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold. Deck out your venue with streamers, signs, and fun props like top hats, necklaces, and glasses. Make sure everyone has something green – if you aren’t wearing green, you might end up being pinched, so goes the old myth.

As mentioned earlier, at corporate parties it is necessary for it to be a non-work talk environment, to allow genuine conversation and relationship building to happen. Holiday decorations play a significant role in developing this needed environment. It puts people in a better mood to see decorations and delicious food, and to hear holiday music in the background (perhaps some folk music!). Great party decorations completely elevate the party’s atmosphere this way.

For so many people, holiday decorations are also a reminder of family and home. When with people you see and work with every day, it is important to have a strong sense of trust and comfort around them. If you feel that you can trust your staff and coworkers here, you’ll most likely end up working better together on the job as well.

3. Aynie’s Corporate Catering Food

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Food is the life of the party! A party is incomplete without a good meal and on St. Patrick’s Day, why not celebrate with some traditional Irish food. This food will bring people to the event and gives everyone something to look forward to!  This month at Aynie’s, we are offering multiple Irish dishes like: Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Paninis, and Irish Dessert Trays.

The Mini Shepherd’s Pie is offered as a hot entrée. It is house-made with horseradish mashed potatoes and served with tossed garden salad and bread. The Irish Paninis are served on a tray or as a nosh box (perfect for lunch!). We will be offering three different paninis: Turkey Reuben, Corned Beef Reuben, and Veggie Reuben. The dessert tray includes mint brownies and Bailey’s Irish Cream Bundt cakes.

Sharing Irish treats is a great way to celebrate the Irish culture and it is also a great conversation starter at a party. For this reason, food (delicious, holiday food especially) is absolutely necessary for your party. When the music is on and the decorations are up, it is so much easier to have lively conversation than when you are swamped with work at your desk.

4. Happy Environment

If your event is completely boring, can it be considered a party? Turn the music up, be positive, and the event will take on a fun vibe to it. Make sure the party is not one to be missed! Also, when you remember to bring great food and beautifully decorate the venue, it’s guaranteed to make people show up happy—and happiness is contagious.

Because the atmosphere is much more relaxed compared to the tense everyday rush at the office, people are more likely to engage with one another than they would any other time. You can bond with your colleagues and get to know them even better. Not only will you be feeling happy in the moment, but you can rest assured knowing that these moments will carry into the office life, especially in times of need.  

Holiday parties are also about appreciating coworkers and staff. You know that you all work hard and deserve a chance to not only have a break but to have fun, too.  

Is It Spring? Asparagus & Artichoke Are In Season!

Is it Spring? Are we there yet?  When I see asparagus and artichokes start to pop up at the grocery and they look good, I know we are right around the corner from fabulous weather in the Cincinnati area. The bright flavors from these spring veggies is a great addition to our menu. At Aynie’s Corporate Catering, we love to use seasonal fruits and veggies. The quality is superior and we have the benefit of better pricing.

We love to use asparagus but we have a few favorite recipes. A tried but true recipe, passed to me by a friend years ago, was simply to toss the trimmed asparagus with olive oil, salt, pepper and dried tarragon and roast them until just tender. The tarragon is wonderful with the asparagus and a different twist. I also like to marinate the asparagus in Italian Dressing and grill them. Delish! When shopping for asparagus, I usually go for the green variety. The purple asparagus have a fruity taste, are great raw and will turn green when cooked. The white asparagus are the same as green but have been grown without light and thus have less nutritional value.  All three work equally well as a side dish or as an ingredient.

At Aynie’s Corporate Catering, we work asparagus into our Spring Pasta Primavera.  This comes with Herb Marinated Chicken or Salmon. You can also find it in a featured quiche in April as well as on the Grilled Veggie Platter served with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and Pita Chips.

Asparagus are loaded with nutrients, fiber and antioxidants. Glutathione is a particularly powerful compound  that breaks down carcinogens and free radicals. Asparagus are a rich source of Glutathione, as are avocados, kale and brussels sprouts. I’ve had my eye on this recipe for the store and for home.

artichoke-dipArtichokes are in season in March and April. Technically speaking, artichokes are a flower bud that has not yet bloomed and were considered an aphrodisiac by Greeks and Romans. Today they are produced in the U.S. only in California. Love them but not sure how to prepare them? Check out this resource to help you trim fresh artichokes and cook them.

Because they are labor intensive and not a lot of yield we use brined artichokes at Aynie’s Corporate Catering.  You can find artichokes throughout our menu including the Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken, Spinach Artichoke Dip and Spring Pasta Primavera.

Artichokes have many health benefits are worth working into your menu at home.  Research has shown that artichokes are high in antioxidants, help calm inflammation, have been linked with lowering  cholesterol, improving blood flow and are very high in fiber. What’s not to like? I have tried this recipe at home for our family and it had high marks all around. We use our Spinach Artichoke at the store as a spread for sandwiches and load it with fresh veggies or stuff it and bake in boneless, skinless chicken breast.

All Cincinnati Catering Companies Should Serve Customers This Way

spinach artichoke stuffed chicken

When you order corporate catering, it’s important that the food stands out and makes a great impression on everyone involved. At Aynie’s catering, we strive to not only have delicious food, but to also provide incredible service for our customers.

People are our top priority—as they should be for all catering companies in Cincinnati—so we recognize that catering isn’t just about the food, it’s about the entire experience.

Why Aynie’s Stands Out Among Cincinnati Catering Companies

Fresh food—Our promise to serve only fresh food goes hand in hand with our dedication to natural ingredients. Aynie’s makes every order minutes before it is delivered to maintain fresh and delicious taste.

And fresh doesn’t just mean it is right out of the oven either—it means they are locally sourced when possible, and do not have the artificial preservatives that are synonymous with processed foods.

Family run business—As a local, family run business, our customers are our community members, friends, and family. We believe food brings people together—especially if it tastes good! It starts great conversations that continue to build our community within Cincinnati. Sharing a meal is so incredibly powerful in the way it builds strong relationships across the table.

We know that when you choose Aynie’s you are putting your trust in us as well. Whether at a corporate meeting or a big presentation, we want you to look your best and the food served will be the cherry on top of the event.

Our connection with our customers is completely unparalleled when it comes to national brands. Besides just knowing the people we serve, we also care tremendously about what they eat. Our job is to make a great variety of healthy foods taste delicious and fresh.

When you care for the people you work for, that much more effort is put into the quality of the service. In the words of one customer, Ashley, our food does not have “the institutional taste a lot of catering companies have.” Why does our food taste different? It is simply fresh and delicious food that goes straight from our kitchen to your event.

We serve you the same food we provide for our own family and friends, because we value our customers in a way that chain brands simply cannot. Being family run, we understand how valuable the health of your loved ones is, which is why we only serve the best.

New monthly menu features—Each month we come up with new monthly, seasonal menus to maintain variety for our customers. Boring food definitely does not spice up an event, but rest assured our exciting and new menus will. Not all of your audience will have the same taste—some are picky and others are down for anything. Whatever the case may be, we have food for everyone.

In our February menu alone, we have 3 delicious new salad bowls along with the 12 month-long offers, as well as 5 new paninis including the pesto chicken and veg out, and 3 new hot entrée options including the spinach artichoke stuffed chicken and the grilled herb chicken or salmon. Though routines are nice to have, it is nice to eat outside of the (nosh) box!

On time delivery—That feeling when you are waiting for the server to bring you your food and it takes forever: the worst! Being that freshly prepared and delicious food is of the utmost importance for us, we always deliver on time to offices, your home, or wherever your event may be.

We know that the food is a key part of any event and to have to wait for it is not just annoying, it is unprofessional. Delivery is just one less thing you have to stress about when the day comes for your event.

As said earlier, catering is more than just the food itself, it is the entire experience. We go out of our way to ensure that delivery is convenient for you to save you time.

Taste Aynie’s Catering For Yourself

Aynie’s values fresh food and our family run business means that we treat you as our own! Planning an event is stressful and as caterers, we believe that all catering companies must make their customer’s every need ab absolute priority.

Order and forget the details—we will take care of the rest!

Whatever the audience at your events’ taste may be, Aynie’s has something for everyone. Don’t settle for less, order from Aynie’s today!